Current situation

Winter and spring see lots of controlled burns in Oregon to eliminate piles of woody debris left over after logging or thinning. Embers buried in the ashes of these pile burns can sometimes reignite even days after a fire appears to be out, especially if winds blow away ashy debris. The same winds can then fan smoldering embers back to life. That's why it's a good idea to keep checking old pile burns to ensure no hot spots have rekindled.

Monday, August 29, 2011

COIDC Media Release: Shadow Lake Fire; August 29, 2011 @ 7:p.m.

Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center

4550 SW Airport Way
Prineville, OR 97754

FIRE NEWS--Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center
For Immediate Release: August 29, 2011 – 7:00 p.m.
Contact: Media Desk, 541-416-6811

Shadow Lake Fire Update

Sisters Oregon – Firefighters had a successful day working on the Shadow Lake Fire that was located yesterday after noon around 2:30 pm by Black Butte Lookout. As determined by a mapping flight earlier today, the fire is burning entirely within the Mt. Washington Wilderness, located 15 miles west of Sisters. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. There is no estimate of containment

The fire was mapped this morning at 242 acres and subsequently had moderate growth this afternoon. The total acreage this evening is 300 acres. The fire burned east into the 2006 George Washington Fire scar where fire intensity dropped, allowing firefighters to stop its progress. The fire was primarily active on the east flank as it moved toward the fire scar, and is also actively backing to the west farther into the wilderness. Additional old fire scars around the fire are helping decrease fire behavior and assist in suppression efforts; however, there are still several pockets of unburned fuel between the fire scars and the fire itself. As these pockets burn, smoke will be expected to be visible from the Greater Sisters area for several days.

Plans for this evening are to keep two engines on night shift to patrol the fire area for spots outside the containment line on the east flank.

An Incident Management Team from Central Oregon (Travis Moyer) assumed command of the fire yesterday at 3:00 p.m. At this time there are six hand crews, several engines, two dozers, and three water tenders and 27 miscellaneous overhead.

A closure area of the Shadow Lake Fire is pending at this time and expected to be in place tomorrow morning. The closure is not expected to affect the Pacific Crest Trail.

A new fire broke out five miles south of Highway 242 this afternoon in the Trout Creek Butte area. The Twin Meadow Fire grew to 15 acres this afternoon, and was staffed with three engines and one hand crew. The helicopters from the Shadow Lake Fire bumped over to assist with this incident.


Posted by: Jeri Chase, ODF Incident Information Officer
Fire Duty Officer Pager #503-370-0403

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